Saturday, October 17, 2015

Three from Sikkim in Indian Kick Boxing Team

KICK BOXERS TO PARTICIPATE IN WAKO WORLD KICKBOXING C'SHIP 2015 FROM 21-29 NOV IN IRELAND Three kick boxers from Sikkim have been selected to represent the country in the upcoming WAKO World Kickboxing Championship 2015 to be held from 21 to 29 November at Dublin, Ireland. They are part of the 40-member Indian team that will participate in the Championship.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Discussion begins on different aspects of Buddhism

Sakya Trizin reminds Buddhists of responsibilities towards environmental conservation

“For the sake of future generations, nature should not be destroyed in the name of development. Solutions for climate change lie in forest protection and every human being is responsible for the protection of wildlife and combating the impact of climate change,” said Sakya Trizin Rinpoche to students of various colleges of Gangtok today while inaugurating a two-day seminar on ‘Different Aspects of Buddhism’ here at the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology. The seminar is being jointly organised by Namgyal Institute of Tibetology and the Dolma Phodrang Foundation, New Delhi.
Sakya Trizin Rinpoche said that Buddhism teaches the value of saving lives which is the core teaching of Lord Buddha and the Mahayana sect is following the very principle and teachings of Buddha.

Act of Breathing

The act of breathing is the movement caused in different parts of your trunk when you inhale and exhale. The movement does not mean that the inhaled air actually reaches these parts of your body. The air never goes anywhere but to the lungs. However the movement of different parts of the trunk do bring air into certain areas of lungs. For example, very shallow breathing uses the top of your lungs which causes only the first few ribs to move and abdominal breathing brings air into the base of your lungs which causes your abdomen to rise and fall with inhalation and exhalation.

Okharey to host ecotourism fest this weekend

To explore the touristic appeal of rural Sikkim and to showcase its customs and traditions, the Forest Department, under the banner of Sikkim Biodiversity Conservation and Forest Management Project [SBFP], is organizing the three-day Okharey Ecotourism festival at Okharey, a Sherpa hamlet in West Sikkim.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Bar Assoc dismayed with police brutality targeting advocate

The general body of the Bar Association of Sikkim has expressed unanimous “shock and dismay” over what it describes as a “horrific incident of Police brutality” targeting a member of the bar. The incident in question is reported to have transpired on the afternoon of 12 Oct at the main gate of the District & Sessions Court premises at Sichey, Gangtok, when advocate JKP Jaiswal, a senior member of the BAS, was allegedly assaulted by two police inspectors. A BAS press release contends that the assault took place in front of the hundreds of people gathered there for the declaration of the municipal election results. An FIR has been registered against the two cops in question, the release informs.

Navy recruitment drive busts fake certificate racket

Scrutiny of documents by the recruitment and the district authorities during the Navy recruitment drive at Paljor Stadium today [14 Oct 2015] led to the discovery of a candidate who had managed to secure fake domiciles and educational certificates. What is more, he is suspected to have been one among at least six who had been provided with fake documents to attempt getting recruited from Sikkim.

Former Governor of Sikkim, RH Tahiliani, passes away

Admiral (retd.) Radhakrishna Hariram Tahiliani, who served as the Governor of Sikkim from 1990 to 1994 passed away today at Army Hospital Research & Referral, Delhi Cantt. A press communiqué from the Raj Bhawan informs that the former Governor passed away this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. Governor Shriniwas Patil has expressed deep sadness and grief on the demise of Admiral (retd.) Tahiliani.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

High Court dismisses petition challenging appointment of Lokayukta

Vishnu Neopaney

The High Court of Sikkim has turned down the writ petition filed by Sikkim Krantikari Morcha functionaries challenging the appointment of the chairperson of the Lokayukta. Delivering its judgment on the petition filed SKM MLAs Kunga Nima Lepcha and Ugen Nedup Bhutia and Lok Nath Sharma challenging appointment of Lokayukta Chairman Justice [retd] Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta, the High Court division bench of Justice SP Wangdi and Justice Meenakshi Madan Rai observed that the Court did not find any merit in the writ petition and that the petitioners had failed to make out any case for the Court to interfere with the proceedings of the selection committee on whose recommendation the chairperson of the Sikkim Lokayukta was appointed. It may be recalled that the court had earlier reserved its verdict on the case, and the same was pronounced today.

So many kinds of Sikkimese!


From Sikkim Subject Certificates to Certificates of Identification, the transition has been one full of complications. The document attesting a person as a bona fide citizen of Sikkim is much more than just that; it is about a person’s identity in relation to the state and his own understanding of belonging. Even as these two aspects are yet to be reconciled fully, the issue is further compounded by the emergence of different sub-identities over the years.
While the Sikkim Subject Certificate and the CoI are considered as one and the same thing, a closer look reveals substantial differences.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Rangpo rounds up all muncipalities for SDF

The gateway to Sikkim was the town whose votes were counted the last today and here at least there were some jitters for the ruling front when the Chanatar ward saw a close contest. In the end though, with Rangpo Nagar Panchayat, SDF completed a clean sweep of the municipal elections...

Only SDF at Singtam as well

By time the EVMs for Singtam Nagar Panchayat were opened for counting, even SDF supporters would have tired with the celebrations. And when the votes were counted, it was more of the same - clean sweep for SDF. This is how the numbers added up in Singtam>>>

SDF reclaims Gangtok

Gangtok had served up a rout to the SDF in the assembly elections last year. The ruling party lost from all the assembly constituencies clustered around the capital which is probably why the SKM supporters would have expected the GMC to include some SKM councillors. That was not to be as Gangtokians appear to have taken the municipal elections as an opportunity to get back into the "SDF camp". While few would have expected municipal voters to go against the party already in power in the State, the thoroughness of the SDF victory must have surprised even SDF party workers. This is how Gangtok voted>>>

No surprises in Namchi

Namchi is the Chief Minister's constituency and also an established SDF bastion. SKM could not dent it in the assembly elections so no surprises should have been expected for the municipal elections. And that is how things played out here, with an unequivocal reiteration of SDF colours...

Sakya Trizin Rinpoche arrives in Gangtok

Sakya Trizin Rinpoche, the Supreme Head of Mahayana Buddhism, arrived at Sa-Ngor Chotshog Centre [Ngor Gompa], Gangtok from Kalimpong on Sunday. He was received at Rangpo by officials and representatives from various monasteries and associations.
Today the Rinpoche called on Governor of Sikkim, Shriniwas Patil at Raj Bhavan. His Holiness was accompanied by Gyalyum Chenmo, Dungsay Rinpoche, Director Namgyal Institute of Tibetology and officials of Ecclesiastical Department on the occasion.

Jorethang votes SDF

Jorethang was projected as a municipal council where the Opposition SKM was expected to do well, and while it did give a fight to the SDF in some wards there, it was never really a serious contender as the results show. SDF candidates won all seats, with even the toughest ward to win going to SDF with 60% of the votes.

It started from Gyalshing

Counting for the municipal polls began at 8 a.m. from Gyalshing and the results for the two wards that required to go to poll there set the day up for an SDF clean sweep. The ruling party was expected to win the Gyalshing Municipal Council since the 5 wards already won uncontested made the voting for the two remaining wards a mere formality. And still, the municipal council saw the highest voter turnout at 77.01% and served up a staggering win for SDF. This is how the Gyalshing Municipal Council is now staffed...

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Rajkumar's daily grind


A video report by Tshering Eden on what was once a common sight, but has now been pushed out of business by the proliferation of mixer-grinders.